Living with Dementia

The importance of an early diagnosis

Hearing that you or a loved one has dementia is difficult. If dementia is diagnosed early there is a lot of support available to help people with adjustments, manage their lives and live well with dementia. Many people spend months, if not years, without a proper diagnosis.

We’ve asked GPs, carers, support workers and people living with dementia why it’s so important to get an early diagnosis. With nearly 4,000 people living with dementia in our area, but yet to be diagnosed, we ask ‘why wait before you seek help?’ Taking your concerns to your GP means you can get earlier access to the wealth of support available, leading to a better quality of life.

We work closely with the Alzheimer's Society and Andover Mind and between these organisations, there is lots of information to help you and your family to deal with dementia. 

Facts and figures

  • Dementia is a disease but not an inevitable consequence of ageing
  • You can live well with dementia and have a good quality of life
  • Most of us will experience some form of dementia, either ourselves or through someone we care about
  • The risk of deementia can be reduced if we protect our general health
  • There is a wealth of support for people living with dementia from the WHCCG
  • It is estimated that over 9,000 people living in West Hampshire have dementia
  • Up to 4,000 people in West Hampshire have dementia but have not yet been diagnosed
  • An early diagnosis means better outcomes in the long run
  • Dementia support and advice is available to anyone who wants it #your GP can do the basic tests to check for dementia.

Where to seek advice

Dementia Advisers: Dementia Advisers are a voluntary service provided by the Alzheimer’s Society and Andover Mind. People with dementia or their carers can telephone, email, write or meet face-to-face with a Dementia Adviser. The advisers provide information, advice, emotional support, and are able to signpost to other relevant organisations and local services. The aim is to help the person with dementia make decisions for themselves.

Dementia Support Workers: Dementia support workers are part of a service, predominantly for the whole family and carers of people living with dementia. Support workers work with families to map out the care and support they need, face-to-face and/or via the phone. The aim is to improve the person with dementia’s sense of well-being and independence day-to-day.

GP: Find your local GP here.

Dementia roadmap

This online platform provides information and resources to support primary care workers, other professionals and those affected by dementia and on their 'dementia journey'.

The website is easily accessible by primary care workers such as GPs, nurses, practice managers, dementia navigators, and patients, their families and carers. Content is edited locally to provide details of services in specific areas. One of its users said the Dementia Roadmap is "helping us to provide better support after diagnosis."

Some key benefits include:

  • Questions about memory function
  • Signposting and referral to relevant services, information and support
  • Support for carers
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Prevention of unnecessary admission to hospital
  • Keeping people up to date with national developments
  • 13,000 current users

Click here to see the Dementia Roadmap for West Hampshire.

 

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